News from the CIEM

It’s mid-January 2018, the period of “Les galettes des rois” is not yet over! so we can still wish you all a Happy New Year.

Christmas with Frat Mazenodienne

Christmas with Frat Mazenodienne

What marked the end of the year 2017, it is, I believe, the week where we all did the spiritual exercises, as a community, all together with individual accompaniment, under the direction of a Jesuit Father from Marseille. Each of us took a big spiritual boost

In early December, our Chapel got a facelift with new benches that replaced the dilapidated chairs which had long done their time. We were able to do these changes thanks to the generosity of the faithful of our parish community and our brother Oblates of Scandinavia.

It was also at the beginning of this month when we welcomed a new member in our community: Fr. Mario Brandi. He isn’t a stranger here, having spent his sabbatical year with us in 2015-2016. He had been recalled to Cameroon for a year to replace the novice master there. On his return, Father General offered him to join our community: a precious reinforcement for the community!

Prayer for Oblate vocations at the tomb of St. Eugene

Prayer for Oblate vocations at the tomb of St. Eugene

Christmas and year-end holidays were lived peacefully, with the celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation and Christmas Masses as the main highlights.

The first week of the New Year, as is our habit, was devoted to preparing different sessions for the coming months, visits from different groups and people, the commitments of each one within the community and outside it, not to mention our holidays! It was a week of dense work lived with the joy of being together in a relaxed atmosphere.

In a meeting during community Year Planning week

In a meeting during community Year Planning week

Easter will soon be here, and to prepare for this great celebration, the community will offer a retreat during the Easter Triduum to all those who wish to live this period differently. After Easter, we will begin a two month De Mazenod Experience for the francophone Oblates, animated by Joseph Bois, Asodo and Ronald LaFramboise from the USA.

Best wishes for this New Year.

Joseph BOIS, OMI